Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 takes place from 16-22 May, with the theme ofÂ relationships.
Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer mental health problems.Â These are the supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community.
Investing in these relationships is as critical to our health and wellbeing as other lifestyle factors such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.
What can you do?
Give your time â€“ Put time aside to nurture important relationships. We can be so busy with school or work that we donâ€™t spend time with the important people in our lives.
Be present â€“ It can be tempting to check your phone, Facebook messages or even work emails when with family and friends. Try to be present in the moment and there for your loved ones.
Listen â€“ Actively listen to what others are saying in a non-judgemental way. Concentrate on their needs in that moment.
Be listened to â€“ Share how you are feeling, honestly and allow yourself to be listened to and supported.
Recognise unhealthy relationships â€“ Are certain relationships making you unhappy? Recognising these can help you move forward and find solutions to issues.
Make your relationships resolution today: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/relationships
Take part in a challenge event or hold your own fundraising event: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/events
Make a donation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/donate